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At a meeting in City Hall last night, bicycle industry leaders met with PDC liaison Jennifer Nolfi to discuss the formation of a new bicycle industry association.
At the meeting were local bicycle and parts manufacturers, apparel designers, an event promoter, and representatives from Commissioner Sam’s office and PDOT.
The meeting was held to discuss the scope of the new organization, establish its primary objectives, create a mission statement, and to come up with a name.
It was decided to call the group the Oregon Bicycle Business Association (OBBA) with a mission to “promote and develop Oregon’s bicycle related businesses”.
The group also decided that one of its top priorities will be to market Oregon-made bicycle products and to raise awareness for Oregon’s bicycle industry.
OBBA, with help from the PDC, will now look to find legal assistance in how best to set up the new organization.
In the coming weeks, meetings will be held for the new group’s first projects: to establish a program to provide technical and financial assistance to cycling businesses and to establish a major new bicycle event in Portland.